Academic Learning Center

Student Information


Academic Achievement and Retention Services advisors can help you with:

  • Making a smooth transition to UNI
  • Learning academic requirements and policies
  • Developing an educational plan consistent with your values, interests, and abilities
  • Identifying campus and/or community resources
  • Reviewing techniques to improve your learning and study strategies
  • Answering general financial aid questions
  • Researching scholarship opportunities
  • Exploring career options
  • Registering for your classes



How often should I meet with my advisor?

Advising meetings are designed to share information and promote your success during college. Because students have different needs throughout their academic careers, you and your advisor will determine how often you need to meet.  For more information about Academic Achievement and Retention Services advising, please view our advising syllabus.

Is there a fee to meet with an advisor?

There is no fee for meeting with an Academic Achievement and Retention Services advisor.

How do I make an appointment?

The Academic Achievement and Retention Services advisors typically meet with students on an appointment basis. Appointments are available during business hours, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (7:30 am - 4:30 pm during summer terms).

For appointments, call (319) 273-2179 or schedule in person in 007 ITTC. Appointments are made for either 30 or 60 minutes. 

Contacting an advisor via e-mail or phone message for an appointment may result in delays, especially during peak advising times of the semester. Walk-in appointments are not guaranteed.

What should I bring to an advising appointment?

  • List of any questions you have regarding the topic(s) of your appointment
  • Any document(s) that pertain to the topic of your appointment. Items may include, but are not limited to, course syllabi, e-mail communication, financial aid information, major/minor information, and Plan of Study

Will Academic Achievement and Retention Services keep my information confidential?

Academic Achievement and Retention Services advisors comply with the federal requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA), which guarantees enrolled students at postsecondary institutions certain rights with respect to their educational records. Outside third-party individuals (i.e., parents, siblings, friends) cannot obtain information about you without your written consent. Additional information about FERPA can be found at the Office of the Registrar website.

Are students in the Jump Start program also in Academic Achievement and Retention Services?

Jump Start participants are assigned an advisor in either Academic Achievement and Retention Services or Student Support Services at the beginning of their first semester at UNI.

For more information about the Jump Start program, please visit the Jump Start website.